Staying Active Even When the Weather Turns Cold

How to Stay Active When it Gets Cold Outside |

You know it’s coming, whether you like it or not. Maybe it’s still hot in your neck of the woods, but more than likely, you will be experiencing  colder temps in the near future. Unless of course you are a lucky being who lives in a climate where it’s warm year-round. And in that case, I’m not sure you and I can be friends anymore. No, I’m kidding.

The thing is, so many people just assume that once cold weather hits, they will throw on their warm hoodies and begin the hibernation process for the next few months. No worries about their activity levels. No stresses about the extra holiday goodies. Just basking in the fact that they don’t want to be uncomfortable in the cold weather.
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Almond Milk Strawberry Milkshake

Kids don’t even realize you are serving them Vanilla AlmondMilk when you package it up in a delicious treat like this Almond Milk Strawberry Milkshake!

Almond Milk Strawberry Milkshake - kids don't even realize they're drinking almond milk when you present it in this delicious milkshake! |

If there was one thing I could do in this life for my family, it would be to get them to make healthy choices so that they could live a long life full of health. For themselves, for our future as a family, and just for their future success in life. I know this sounds heavy and all, but I have made conscious decisions about the reasons why I choose to life meat-free and eliminate a large amount of dairy. When it comes down to it, I want to live as long as I possibly can, as long as I’m healthy and happy. And in those long years of my life, I would love for my family to be along for the ride! [Read more…]

Adult Coffee Chiller

These Adult Coffee Chillers are the perfect treat for after-dinner dessert to wind down the evening.

Adult Coffee Chiller - the perfect blend of coffee and sweet liquors. Definitely the best way to enjoy my coffee!

Today is a special day. For a couple of reasons actually. First and foremost, I have to say a big huge Happy Anniversary to the love of my life. Today, three years ago, we committed ourselves to each other in front of our friends and family. Not a day goes by that I don’t feel extremely lucky to be her wife and spend the rest of our days together. She does so much for me. Helps me around the house. Takes on a little extra with my kiddo so I can get more things on the blog done. And she especially brings me amazing mugs of coffee. I’ve told her many times – coffee truly does taste the best when she has made it … and brought it to me while I’m still in bed preferably.

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Healthy Plum Breakfast Bars

Looking to mix things up a bit? These Healthy Plum Breakfast Bars are obviously perfect for breakfast, but they would also make a wonderful mid-morning snack or an after-school snack for the kids. And unlike most crumble-like desserts, this one’s full of nuts, oatmeal, and no added sugar!

Healthy Plum Breakfast Bars. Unlike most crumble-like desserts, this one's full of nuts, oatmeal, and no added sugar! |

Want to hear something weird? I don’t think I had ever tasted a plum before in my life until earlier this week. That’s right. 31 years, and I’ve never tried a plum. Now,  I did not live a deprived childhood. In fact, I remember my mom eating plums, and for some reason, I just had no desire to partake. Fruit’s not my thing. I mean, I eat fruit, but the majority of my fruit gets blended up with my Blendtec into a delicious smoothie.

Turns out though, I’m kind of being forced into the whole fruit thing whether I like it or not. A couple weeks ago, we finally took and plunge and signed up for our neighborhood produce co-op. I am making it more of a goal to partake in more fruits and veggies and to base meals of the foods we are given. They’re mostly local, and they’re organic. At only $17 a week for a TON of produce, I can’t complain.
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At the Risk of Contradicting My Entire Blog – I’m Counting Calories

Yes, you read that right. I am counting calories. And I will be the first one to call myself out.

At the Risk of Contradicting my entire Blog - I'm counting calories - find out why I'm doing this after 3+ years of eating disorder recovery.

I once wrote a post called 10 Reasons Why You Should Stop Dieting. Plus my tagline is “Your Journey to Your Happiest and Healthiest Life – NO DIETS ALLOWED.” I personally hate the word diet. Yet, here I am counting calories. Does that mean I’m on a diet? Gah, I sure hope not! Let me explain how this counting calories situation came to be and then I’d love some feedback on if you think this is healthy or not.
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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies

If you are looking for a cooking that will get you in the mood for harvest weather, these Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies (with the option of sandwiching them with pumpkin buttercream) are the answer!

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies {with Pumpkin Buttercream option} - If you're looking for a cookie that will get you in the mood for harvest weather, this is where you should start!

There is truly not a more comforting food than warm cookies on a fall day. Well, except for grilled cheese, chili, brownies, cornbread…

Okay, but really. That first pumpkin-y harvest-y dessert when the chill hits. That slight chill that just makes you want to stay in the kitchen all day and bake things that smell like autumn spices. That scent that has your kids and your spouse wandering in sniffing their ways to the kitchen wondering what sort of magic you are making.

Here’s the thing. I’m not 100% ready for pumpkin. But I’m ready for cinnamon. And apples. And caramel. Those earthy warm flavors that just get you warmed up for the season. And that was why I made the pumpkin sandwich cookie an alternate option. If you’re not feeling the pumpkin either, these cookies are mighty fine on their own.

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5 Ways to Get Fit in Your City

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A healthy lifestyle is more than just going to the gym and eating your fruits and veggies. It’s about making a complete life change and incorporating healthy activities into your every day life in order to reach your health goals. Often, that means using your local surroundings because as we all know – the same old gym workout can get boring really fast.

Many larger cities are incorporating ways to make life healthier for all those involved. I thought I would highlight 5 of my favorite ways to get fit in my city. Hopefully that will help you get the wheels turning and consider seeking out healthy options in your own city.
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Why Is Greek Yogurt better?

Are you just following the crowd and eating Greek yogurt because it’s popular and people say it’s healthy? How about you really learn the in’s and out’s of the yogurt you’re eating.
Greek vs. Regular Yogurt - do you know why you're eating it or are you just following the crowd? Find out what's REALLY up with Greek yogurt!
I think I’ve mentioned it a few times, but one of my daily staples is yogurt, granola, and fruit for breakfast. I love it. I gotta have it. I can’t live without it. But I swear, every single time I go to the store to buy yogurt, I end up standing there like a deer staring at headlights. There are just too.many.options. All the flavors. All the non-fat, low-fat, lite, full-fat, whipped, and of course the Greek. And then in the Greek variety there’s still more flavors and options.

On top of that, Wifey is trying to cut out as many dyes as possible, especially the Red40, cause ew. Who wants that!? So the point of the matter is, I spend a fair amount of time reading yogurt labels trying to find the best of the best.

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Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Covered Raisin Clusters

These Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Raisin Clusters are the perfect after-school snack that will keep your kids’ sweet tooth at bay without loading up the junk!

These Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Raisin Clusters are the perfect after-school snack that will keep your kids' sweet tooth at bay without loading up the junk!

Back to school. You’re totally into it, right? The beginning of the year, you’re all gung-ho. Homemade snacks ready for the kids the moment they come in the door. Healthy options. Lots of variety. You are totally a super-mom. And then week two of school comes along, and well… you’re just not feeling as motivated to make it happen. Heck, this get-healthy thing can be a lot of work if you let it be!

I’m all about healthy snacks, but I’m also about preparing things that don’t take a whole lot of my time. As a working mom myself, time is not something that I have a lot of. So I’m always on a mission to finding quick and easy snacks that are still healthy for my family. [Read more…]

Rice and Vegetable Pot Pie Casserole

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This VEGETABLE & RICE POT PIE CASSEROLE is a simple weeknight meal that comes together in just a few minutes. It’s so simple that your kids can even get involved.

This VEGETABLE & RICE POT PIE CASSEROLE is a simple weeknight meal that comes together in just a few minutes. It's so simple that your kids can even get involved. |
I want to talk to you for a minute about my not-so-favorite-time-of-the-day. I’ll give you a hint. It’s not breakfast time. It’s not lunch time. It’s not any of the snack times. It’s not even the time at 4 in the morning when my alarm goes off. You figure it out yet? Dinner time. Dinner time is absolutely not my favorite time of the day. [Read more…]